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Hot Rods and Custom Cars: Vintage Speed Graphics (Icons Series) [Paperback]

Tony Thacker , Coco Shinomiya

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27 Feb 2004 Icons Series
Hep and hopped up. Ford's original Model T was the first car to undergo "speed modification," a hobby that quickly grew into a $60-million aftermarket industry. Steadily picking up speed ever since, the practice of engine and body customization has become one of America's favorite rites of passage. Hitting its stride in the 1950s, the underground hot rod culture spawned the likes of Rat Fink, Von Dutch, and George Barris-- the King of Kustoms-- while also inspiring a generation of rebels without a cause. Culled from the garages and toolboxes of hot rod enthusiasts, this essential collection of rare photos and ephemera is an essential for anyone who dreams of putting the pedal to the metal.

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4.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE "OLD SKOOL" PHOTOS 2 Nov 2005
By popular culture lover - Published on Amazon.com
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All of these photos are the real thing from long ago. Thus, it's a completely authentic experience of just what the cars, girls, hot rods, fashions, dragsters ,etc looked like back then. Scant text except for captions but that's not a minus. These great old photos speak for themselves. A great little book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Book! 17 Feb 2006
By Seattle Brat - Published on Amazon.com
I LOVE vintage hot rods and custom cars. This is one of the best (if not the best) book of it's type that I've seen. Mostly all-color VINTAGE photos of cars from the fifties and the scene that surrounded it (covering other aspects like magazines, models, stickers, t-shirts, record/book covers, etc.) Wow! The photos are amazing. This is the real stuff. And there's no text to gunk things up (just a nice introduction). It's a smaller book - digest sized - but oh so cool! Any Rockabilly or Rat Rodder will love this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool shots from back in the day. 19 Sep 2010
By ROX ROD - Published on Amazon.com
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A neat book with vintage photos of rods & customs, model cars & auto memorabilia.
4.0 out of 5 stars Taschen Hot Rods and Custom Cars 22 Jan 2013
By lucasdoolin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great way to start your vintage Hot Rod and Custom Car library with excellent photos and a well rounded selection of typical cars. Mildly disappointing for the experienced aficionado because there is nothing really new and the format is a bit small (Pocket sized + per the publisher's name). But still well worth your time and a welcome addition to your Hot Rod and Custom Car bookshelf.
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